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new details on what we will see in the travel ban. how is the white house working to ensure this will survive? president trump moving ahead with a new pick for national security adviser. how is the white house responding? the white house weighs in after a series of threats to jewish centers nationwide. did the response measure up to those unhappy with the president's earlier answers on anti-semitic? i'm boris sanchez. >> i'm ana cabrera. it is tuesday, february 21st.
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a long holiday weekend for a lot of people. welcome back. the donald trump white house putting the finishing touches on the travel ban. we are learning more about how this travel ban is crafted to withstand the challenges that sank the first one. here are differences pre-viewed by john kelly and other sources. we know the executive order will be aimed at travelers from those same seven muslim majority countries, but including a phase-in period to avoid the chaos that left people stranded across the country. it is also expected this order will give greater notice of travel restrictions from the countries in question to address concerns overdue process for visa holders. the executive order will not affect green card holders. it will likely address religious discrimination issues by
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eliminating the non muslims. >> the one question is the syrian refugees banned in the first travel ban. the first was written by the white house counsel's office specifically to try to avoid any legal problems. that's clearly different from the first version which was drafted in secret by senior white house aides steve bannon and steve miller and michael fli flynn. the new order should come down tomorrow. we should see guidelines this morning. >> whatever the provisions of the fnew travel ban, trump will have a new national security adviser. lt. general h.r. mcmaster has been tapped. mcmaster has been serving as head of the army's integration center in virginia.
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he has a ph.d.. mcmaster is known for his intellect and his willingness to speak out on military issues. the president's pick earned praise from republican and some democrats. including senator john mccain, republican critic of trump. more from cnn's sara murray at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, boris and ana. president trump capped off a weekend in mar-a-lago by naming lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster for the job. >> h.r. mcmaster will become the national security vikurecurity . he is highly respected by everybody in the military. we're very honored to have him. >> i would like to say what a privilege it is to continue
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serving our nation. i'm grateful for that opportunity. i look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything i can to advance and protect the interests of the american people. >> you will do a great job. >> reporter: donald trump's pick came a week after he fired his first adviser michael flynn for misleading vice president mike pence. i'm told by the senior official that president trump respected his combat duty and intellectual drive. president trump will turn the page and focus on other matters today. he is expected to visit the african-american museum. a new series of bomb threats directed against jewish community centers across the country. the jcc reported 11 bomb threats on monday alone. that brings the total number to
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69 threats in 27 states in the past six weeks. most falling on four dates. fortunately, no becames have been found so far. also on monday, more than 100 headstones were found vandalized in a jewish see him after. the white house is now condemning the bomb threats. this after president trump last week danced around questions about anti-semitism. hate and violence have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. the president has made it clear that these actions are unacceptable. the statement does not actually mention jews. something the white house was also criticized for after a statement put out on holocaust remembrance day. ivanka trump tweeted this. america is built on religious tolerance. we must protect our religious
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centers. congress may be in recess this week, but lawmakers are working. john cornyn is visiting along the mexico border. senior reporter manu raju has latest from washington. >> reporter: good morning, boris and ana. the senator from texas leading a delegation along the u.s. and mexico border to talk about the security challenges at the border as well as the relationship with the u.s. and mexico. this coming at a credit citical as the trump administration is sending a proposal to fund the wall along the border with mexico which was the central campaign promise. john cornyn has been a skeptic of building the wall.
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the physical barrier is not enough to secure the border. he raised concerns about the price tag if funding is not cut in other areas. as part of the trip, it includes some members of the texas delegation and senators. including the republican up for re-election in nevada. >> manu raju, thank you. and breitbart editor milo yiannopoulos is commenting about pedophilia. he seems to even laugh off his experience with the catholic priest. the political action conference rescinded the invitation to speak this weekend and the publication of his book has been
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canceled. yiannopoulos says the videos were edited saying do i not support pedophilia. period. on the president's agenda, a face-to-face meeting with the fiercest critic from the campaign trail. ohio governor john kasich. sources familiar with the plan saying the two are set to meet on friday. an official described the meeting as long overdue. kasich has not held back on the critic. he boycotted the national republican conference which was held in ohio. he wrote-in john mccain's name on election day. uber has fired eric holder to investigate allegations of sexism. arianna huffington will be part of the investigation. ub
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uber's ceo says they will hold an independent review to look into the issues involving susan fowler. in a blog post, she made statements regarding sexism. she said a supervisor came and requested sex from her. we first told you about this yesterday. it could be a blow of hopes of reconciliation with the united states and russia. the ambassador to the u.n. passing away. we have move on what this means going forward.
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and russia? where does this lead to diplomacy with the super powers? we have clare sebastian live in moscow with the latest. clare, what are people saying there? >> reporter: you know, ana, this is highly important and visible job. perhaps one of the most important voices for russians on the stage. vitaly churkin has held it for more than a decade. outpouring of condolences. he valued his time. we have seen the russian foreign minister signing the book of n condolenc condolences. he and vitaly churkin went way back. i think it is particularly interesting the outpouring of condolences we see from his colleagues at the u.n., particularly since he clashed with many dramatically over the course of the last few years.
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i want to read a tweet from samantha powers. she said devastated by the passing of vitaly churkin. diplomatic maestro and caring man who did all he could to bridge u.s. and russia differences. striking because it was in december we saw a violent clash with the two of them in the security council. vitaly churkin said that samantha powers should stop pretending to be mother teresa. he said action in syria demanded scrutiny. there was a respect between the two. i think this is something we have seen coming from diplomatic voices at the u.n. this is a crucial time for u.s. and russia relations. the trump administration has sent a number of mixed signals to russia over where this could be going. i think it will be closely watched who is named to replace vitaly churkin. this is crucially important job.
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>> and at an important time. clare sebastian, thank you. to australia now where investigators are trying to figure out what caused a deadly small plane crash in that country. look at this. officials say all five people on board the aircraft were killed. they say the pilot was australian. the four passengers were american. a 70-year-old man from texas. this is the site of the crash. raging fire and thick smoke in the air. the plane slammed into the shopping mall after taking off tuesday morning. the stores were not open at the time. the crime rate in sweden suddenly under scrutiny after the president's false claim of a terror attack there. what is really happening on the ground? we will take you live to stockholm next.
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swedes are reacting to trump last night. with a mix of sharp wit and humor. we know no terror incidents took place in the country. what is the reality with refugees and crime? let's bring in senior correspondent ivan watson. ivan, i know you have been looking at the data. what have you learned? >> reporter: ana, this has been, of course, a big topic of discussion here. the swedish prime minister came out saying he was surprised by
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the comments made about his country. he said yeah, sweden does have challenges, but this is also a country that has among the world's highest indices for human rights and comfort and happiness in society. he also had tough words and j d gentle words of advice and criticism for the president. >> we have challenges. we are working with them every day. i think also we must all take responsibility for using facts correctly and for very fine information that we spread. >> reporter: so there you have it. this is a country of 10 million people, ana. it has taken in an enormous number of immigrants in the last several years. in 2015, alone, there were more than 160,000 people who requested asylum here. that is a topic of political
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debate here. there has been a backlash that helped give rise to a right wing political party. many swedes were shocked by the comments. it is a bit of a joke here when a lot of people joking about the '70s band abba and the swedish chef from muppets involved in the terror attack in this country allegedly. >> that is good people are making jokes. thank you so much. ivan, i know we had technical difficultyies at the beginning. there are serious questions raised about security at jfk airport after officials are calling it is a possible security incident. according to the tsa, 11 people walked through the checkpoint and three setoff the metal
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detector without a single agent. the carry-on bags were screened. breach did not pose a threat to the system. the agency says it is reviewing what happened and will try to retrain and discipline employees as it sees fit. a california police chief pouring out anger and grief after an officer gunned down in a shootout with a gang member. a 26-year-old man driving a stolen car and opened fire. officer keith boyd, a 27-year veteran was shot and killed. another officer is expected to survive. the police chief jeff peniper overcome with emotion. >> it is hard for me to hold back my tears. all of us have been grieving
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since 10:00 this morning. i didn't think i had any tears left. everybody needs to know what the officers are dealing with on a daily basis. you have no idea how it changed in the last four years. people don't want to follow rules. people don't care about other people. it is tragic. this is a tragedy that did not need to be. >> the suspect was wounded in the shootout. police say he is expected to survive. they say he is linked to a shooting in los angeles on sunday and is believed to have just been released on parole. to your home state, ana, in colorado. flooding in parts of the state. fires are hoping to gain ground on the out of control gas fire. unseasonably dry conditions are expected to get worse today. officials say four fires started on monday. hundreds of acres have been
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scorched since the fires broke out on sunday. i worked in colorado for a couple of years. we have the colorado connection. you know how crazy the fires can get. it is happening in january. rather february. >> it happens in the summertime, not winter. hope it doesn't mean negative things to come. let's have a little fun. it's the morning. you are waking up. you want to see panda bears. bye-bye to bao bao. leaving the national zoo for china. she was here for an agreement with china. fed ex painted a panda on the plane which will take bao bao on the 16-hour flight. she leaves behind her parents and brothers and sisters. >> she will be missed.
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>> she's cute. i hear pandas are unruly. they are not as nice as they look sgrch look. >> they are frightening eating bamboo aggressively. the white house is trying to walk a fine line with the travel ban. how the president wants to tackle security without overstepping legal bounds.
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the white house is trying to assure the new travel ban can withstand the legal push back. we have details on what you will see in the new executive order. a new national security adviser in place. h.r. mcmaster. what are the reviews of the lieutenant general? and federal authorities stepping in after the round of bomb threats at jewish centers. what the white house is saying now after the president's earlier answers on anti-semitic.
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welcome back to "early start." i'm ana cabrera. >> i'm boris sanchez. 31 minutes past the hour. we start with the trump white house putting the finishing touches on the new version of the travel ban. we are learning how this travel ban is crafted to try to withstand some of the legal challenges that sank the first one. here are the differences pre-viewed by homeland security secretary john kelly. we now know the order will be aimed at travelers from the seven countries. it will now include a phase-in period to avoid the chaos that left people stranded in the country the last time. it is expected this order will give greater notice of travel restrictions from the countries in question to address concerns overdue process for those holding visas. the new order will not affect green card holders. it will address religious
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discrimination issues by taking out a section to give priority to non muslims. >> and one critical issue unsettled is how the order will deal with syrian refugees who were banned indefinitely in the first travel ban. it is worth noting the executive order was written by the white house counsel's office with an eye to evade any legal problems. different from the first version drafted in secret by aides steve bannon and steve miller and michael flynn. this order is expected to come down tomorrow, but we could see guidelines from homeland security. >> no matter what the provisions are, the president will have a new national security adviser to help navigate the rollout. lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster is tapped to fill the opening when michael flynn was forced out. mcmaster was serving the head of
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the integration center in virginia. he has a ph.d. in history. author of the book the vietnam war. he is known for willingness to speak out on military issues. the president's pick earned him praise from array of republican foreign policy leaders in washington, including senator john mccain who is a trump critic and democrats. we get more from cnn's sara murray at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, boris. donald trump capped off the weekend at mar-a-lago naming lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster for the job. >> will become the national security adviser. man of tremendous talent and experience. i watched and read a lot over the last two days. he is highly respected by everybody in the military. we are very honored to have him.
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>> i would like to say what a privilege it is to continue serving our nation. i'm grateful to you for that opportunity. i look forward to janie joining national security team. thank you very much. >> you will do a great job. >> reporter: trump's pick came just a week after he fired his first adviser michael flynn for misleading vice president mike pence about conversations with the russian ambassador. i'm told by the senior official that president trump respected his combat duty and drive. president trump will turn the page and focus on other matters today. he expected to visit the african-american history museum. thank you. the fbi is investigating a new series of bomb threats directed at jewish centers across the country. the jcc reported 11 bomb threats on monday alone bringing the
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total to 69 threats in 27 states just over the last six weeks. most of them on just four dates. fortunately so far, no bombs have been found. also yesterday, more than 100 headstones found vandalized in the cemetery in missouri. this is not clear if this is a link to the bomb threats. >> the white house is condemning the bomb threats after president trump twice last week danced around questions of anti-semitism. hate and violence have no place in a country found odd ted on t promise of individual freedom. the president made it clear the actions are unacceptable. the statement doesn't mention jews. something the white house was criticized for. you will recall after the statement on holocaust remembrance day. ivanka trump tweeted this out. america is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. we must protect our houses of
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worship. breitbart news editor milo yiannopoulos is set to address the fallout over comments he made about pedophilia. a pair of clips surfaced on sunday where yiannopoulos appears to condone sexual relationships with younger boys and older men. he seems to laugh off his own childhood experience with a catholic priest. the backlash as you imagine, was swift. the conservative action conference rescinded his invitation to speak and simon and schuster canceled his book. the videos were deceptively edit i had. he said i do not support pedophilia. president trump is set to meet face-to-face with a fierce critic from the campaign trail. governor john kasich. they are scheduled to meet on friday.
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an official described this up coming meeting as long overdue. kasich has not held back his criticism of trump certainly especially on foreign policy issues. he boycotted the republican national convention hosted in his home state. he wrote in john mccain on election day. sources say this is a meeting scheduled. things could change. uber is hiring former u.s. attorney eric holder to help investigate allegations of sexism. he is a partner at covington and berling. uber's ceo says they will conduct a review into the issues of the workplace environment raised by sousan fowler. fowler is a former engineer. she wrote this past sunday making allegations of ceasystem
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sexism at the country. the hr department ignored multiple complaints. uber launched an immediate investigation after the story. it has been an interesting and tense few months for u.s. and russia relations. now hope for the countries to find common ground at the united nations was dealt a major blow with the unexpected death of the russian ambassador to the u.n. we are live on what this means going forward.
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the sudden death of russian ambassador to the u.n. opening a door to grieve and potentially turmoil. what does this mean for relations with the united states and russia? where does this unexpected turn leave diplomacy with the two nations? cnn's clare sebastian is live in
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moscow. clare, the ambassador was a supporter of russia. he was also a bridge builder. >> reporter: absolutely. he was despite disagreeing with colleagues at the u.n. on russian policy, he was well respected. we have seen an outpouring of condolence to the shocking death. vladimir putin was said to be upset. he greatly valued vitaly churkin's professionalism and diplomatic tall eent we have se sergei lavrov leaving a note in the book of condolence here at the ministry. he was respected by his colleagues, even the ones he clashed with the most. telling with the response from samantha power. devastated by the russian ambassador vitaly churkin's
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passing. deeply caring man who did all he could to bridge the differences. you remember, there was a harsh exchange over russian actions in syria. power asking churkin have you no shame. u.s. should look to syria. the fact he had heated exchange and garnered respect. it shows the level of experience and heavyweight nature of the man whose career spanned three decades. he began in the soviet union. a lot of scrutiny who is set to replace him at the u.n. given this is an uncertain time as to how the russia/u.s. relationship will develop. >> clare, a crucial question moving forward. who will be the next ambassador to the united nations from russia. thank you. investigators trying to determine what caused a deadly
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small plane crash in australia. the scene is just horrific here. all five people on board were killed. the pilot was australian, four passengers american. including a 70-year-old man from texas. this is the crash citsite. thick black smoke filling the air. the building is a shopping center. the plane slammed into it after taking off from the airport in melbour melbourne. stores were not open at the time. five people killed in the crash. you think your morning commute is bad? that is the joy for us going to work at 2:00 a.m. it can also be worse unless you live in bangkok. that city is now labeled as having the worst rush hour traffic in the world. we will go through some more of those rankings next. including talking about which ones in the u.s. made the list.
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swedes are laughing at trump's swedish gaffe. of course, no terror incidents took place in the country in the past week. what is the reality in sweden with refugees and crime? let's bring in cnn's international correspondent ivan watson in stockholm. ivan, donald trump got the claim from a filmmaker on fox news last week who has made very controversial statement was the relationship with crime and refugees in that country. he goes as far as to say that
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country's government is trying to suppress information about crimes that refugees and immigrants committed. what does the data actually say? >> reporter: let's run through it. let's listen to the swedish prime minister who said he was surprised by the u.s. president's comments. take a listen. >> yes, we have opportunities. we have challenges. we are working on them every day. i think also we must all take responsibility for using facts correctly. and any information we spread. >> reporter: let's look at government facts now. between 2012 and 2015, sweden granted asylum to 100,000 people. most of the people coming from war-torn countries. syria, iraq, afghanistan. the crime rate between 2012 and 2015, it is important to note there is no correlation with
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immigration and crime. authorities are not suggesting that. the crime grew 7% from 2012 to 2015. according to the u.s. state department, 4% of the growth in crime from 2014 to 2015 was computer related fraud. now graphic three. we have sexual offenses in sweden dropped from 2012 to 2015. however, during the four-year period, islam phobic crimes jumped or doubled between 2012 and 2015. this country has crime, it has challenges, it has had a difficult time absorbing the population of 10 million with 100,000 people in a four-year period, but it is not a conflict zone. not a war zone. this is not a country in deep, deep crisis. boris. >> ivan watson reporting from
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sweden. many questions raised about security at jfk airport after officials calling a possible security incident. here is what happened. according to the tsa, 11 people walked through the security checkpoint and three setoff the detector without a single agent present to stop them or perform further screenings. the passengers' carry-on bags were screened. it does not pose a threat to the system, but the agency is reviewing what happened and says it will retrain and discipline employees as it sees fit. emotional story in california where a police chief pow pouring out anger and grief. authorities say a 26-year-old man driving a stolen car when he suddenly opened fire during a traffic stop. officer keith boyer was shot and killed. he was 27 years old. another officer that was shot is
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expected to survive. the police chief jeff piper was overcome with emotion. >> it is hard for me to hold back. my tears. all of us have been grieving since 10:00 this morning. i didn't think i had any tears left. everybody needs to know what these officers are dealing with on a daily basis. you have no idea how it's changed in the last four years. people don't want to follow rules. people don't care about other people. it's tragic. this is a senseless tragedy that did not need to be. >> the suspect was wounded in the shootout with police. they say he is expected to survive. they say he is linked to a shooting in los angeles on sunday and he is believed to have been released on parole within the past two weeks. let's take you to colorado now where parts of the state are under a red-flag warning.
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at 11:00 this morning until later this evening. this is why. you can see just how dry it is there. the wind whipping these fires across the grass. hoping to gain control of some of the out of control grass fires that have sparked. unseasonably dry conditions which are expected to get worse today. fire officials are worried about new fires popping up on top of at least four sparked yesterday. hundreds of acres scorched so far since the fires first broke out on sunday. a tinder box in colorado. i just came from there. we have seen 60s and 70s. it is nice in that weather, but we need some moisture. >> we see snow around this time of year. it melts away and comes back, but more moisture. >> mountains hit with good snow. not the metro area. let's get more on the winter heat wave that is effecting colorado and other parts of our country.
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meteorologist pedram javaheri has more. >> good morning, ana and boris. conditions across the country with a lot of heat and dry air in the intermountain west expanding to the plains. 30% to 35% of people above average this time of year. in the heart of february, you should be 35 in minneapolis. green bay at 30 degrees. normal. gets to 60 degrees. and call duran duran. '80s by thursday in oklahoma city. dallas makes it to the 80s by tomorrow afternoon and parts of areas of eastern new mexico in the 80s. some 30 record high temperatures possible today. that number could go up to around 50 record high potentials wednesday afternoon. all of the numbers, when you talk mid-70s in kansas and nebraska and colorado. mid to late may temperatures. we know a different story in the west. in california, san francisco,
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almost an entire year's worth of rainfall come down in the first 51 days of 2017. same story out of los angeles. unfortunately additional storms slated today with heavy rainfall. thank you. let's get an early start on your money. the record run for the stock market set to continue. futures are pointing higher after all three closed at record highs. the market closed yesterday for presiden presidents' day. one stock to watch. walmart shares are dropping in pre-market trading ahead of the earnings report. two things investors are focusing on. whether it is grocery business improved or how online sales are competing with amazon. walmart started a shipping war of sorts with amazon this year when it started offering two-day shipping on orders over $35. then earlier this month, amazon countered quietly lowering its
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minimum for free shipping to $35 as well. that was down from $49. and it applies to shoppers without amazon prime. that membership is $99 a year. if you are dreading the traffic on your way to work this morning, at least you don't have it as bad as people in this city. bangk bangkok, thailand has the worst traffic in the world according to tom-tom. the second straight year on top of the rankings. researchers say for cities like bangkok, they are victims of the success with the economy which translate to more commuters. mexico city and jakarta are both in the top five along with bucharest and moscow. the only u.s. city, boris, in the top 15, los angeles. >> i will go ahead and call this fake news. have you ever driven through
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atlanta? it is like a parking lot. >> you can say the same by denver and i-25. everybody has the woes. "early start" continues right now. >> new details emerging this morning on the president's new travel ban. what the white house is doing this time to survive any legal push back. and president trump moving ahead with the new pick for national security adviser. how is capitol hill responding to the hiring of an out spoken leader? and the white house weighing in after another series of threats to jewish centers nationwide. will the response satisfy those left unsettled by the president president's comments? welcome to "early start" on this tuesday. i'm ana cabrera. >> sai'm boris sanchez. it is tuesday, february 21st. we start with the finishing touches on the new version of the president's travel

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